America Eats Tavern
1700 Tysons Boulevard
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Mclean, VA 22102Neighborhood:
Tysons Corner / McLean
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
America Eats Tavern
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.americaeatstavern.com/
- Phone: 7037443999x
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Weekend Breakfast/Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 7:00am - 2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Nate Waugaman
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from America Eats Tavern
Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, America Eats Tavern pays tribute to the country’s culinary legacy with a sophisticated menu reflecting native ingredients and classic dishes throughout history. Here you’ll find traditional variations of soups and salads, sandwiches, seafood and meats, as well as innovative creations by José and his team. An expansive seafood bar, variety of oyster dishes and selection of local hams reflect local and historical roots to complement the menu's seasonal offerings. A drink menu traces the evolution of the cocktail in America throughout a range of eras, while the wine list highlights local and remarkable vineyards and producers throughout the nation. America Eats Tavern’s patriotic and stylishly artistic setting within The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and serves as the ideal gathering place for and around the Northern Virginia and the Washington area.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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America Eats Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since April 23, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (98)great for lunch (65)great for brunch (59)special occasion (50)good for groups (50)neighborhood gem (39)hot spot (32)vibrant bar scene (20)notable wine list (19)kid-friendly (18)romantic (7)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Very Good But Could Do BetterAlphonseDined on 8/19/2014Jose Andres is great, but Tom Sietsema is right in his evaluation. For us, the basket of breads was blah - the biscuits were flat, not flaky; the corn muffin needed jalapeno or bacon; and the white bread was just that. Don't know what the intention of the jam-butter combination was but perhaps a trio of jams with butter, including Hoppin' John or another spicy one, might be more interesting. The peanut soup, while nice, was a little flat - perhaps a touch of heat is needed. The chicken live pate was too cold, just out of the fridge, so lacked a lot of taste; the presentation was fine, however. The chicken pot pie had good ingredients but was bland - it needed a pinch of salt and an herb, perhaps sage.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great new option in Tysons!WinendineVIPDined on 8/19/2014We enjoyed a nice meal here this week (2 work colleagues' dinner). Food selections are numerous albeit this is not your typical 'starter-main-dessert' kind of place. Lots of options to mix and match but make sure that is what you are looking for. We shared grilled oysters which were terrific, then soup/salad and then a 'to follow' course as our main. Portions are substantial. Dessert is fun and fresh. My only complaint here is the service. There were either three people hovering over our table ready to whisk away our plates at the last mouthful --or no one in sight! Some staff had difficulty with simple requests: 'fresh lemons' or 'the wine list'. I am hopeful this will work it self out as the staff settles in after the opening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Work in progressBirdVIPDined on 8/17/2014Tried it for restaurant week-- first courses salad and "canned" salmon excellent, main course soft shell crab sandwich underwhelming.... Superb "American" chocolate cake-- from a non-fan of cake for dessert. That said, far too loud to truly converse comfortably with my companion (we are both north of 50).. and the staff could benefit from more training.
- Only mediocre...VAdinerVIPDined on 8/17/2014We finally dined at America Eats after hearing lots about it. The decor is lovely, but the food is only mediocre. You pay for bread - $6. I had the $16 She Crab Soup which was very very small and not at all what the server had explained. The soft shell crab sandwich was good, but the accompanying potato chips (no fries at this place!) were disappointing with a strange greasy taste and too much black pepper. There is no kids menu - another huge disappointment. Kids shouldn't have to pay $19 for a burger! It's new, and hopefully some things will change.Special Features:
- Not to be missed!C123VIPDined on 8/17/2014The ambience is fun and inviting. The food is delicious (American classics elevated and executed to perfection). Think waffles and ice cream to start followed by golden fried chicken. Portion sizes are generous. Finally found a place I'm excited to return to.Special Features:
- Loved it!diningalfrescoDined on 8/17/2014We wanted brunch prior to seeing a movie at Tysons, and didn't realize they would have a Restaurant Week brunch menu which was an unexpected surprise. We loved all the food, and the service was fantastic! Delicious mini waffles, blueberries & ice cream for me and chicken liver pate for my husband as first course. Entrees were the fried chicken & "slaw" - crunchiest chicken ever. Ate only the breast and brought the rest home for later. Also had the shrimp & grits - not to my taste, but my husband loved it. Brought home slices of carrot cake (just OK) and chocolate cake (very good) for later. A very enjoyable experience!Special Features:
- food bad, service worsesimplydelishDined on 8/16/2014Wanted to try AE as we heard good things. Limited RW choices did not provide a good value. Hush puppies were greasy and tasteless. Mutton was cold and had more fat than meat. Potatoes were rock hard raw, ugh! But 4 oysters served with it were great! The lobster roll bread was good, buttery and warm. But the lobster filling was runny and lacked flavor. No celery, just lots of Mayonnaise. Our waiter was non existent. He never came by to ask how the food was and he ignored us when we tried to get his attention. The noise was deafening so perhaps he was just shell shocked. He didn't comment when he saw all of the food that was left on our plates as it was inedible. Long waits between courses. Overall a very poor dining experience.
- Only an opinion and we all have oneOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/16/2014Too bad, but it seems like just another chef gets accolades for past experience. I was not impressed with the menu selection. The Caesar salad was good, most filling with large shavings of Parmesan, and anchovies, but just a salad. The beef in the steak tartar was made table side and a nice production but the beef was too bulky. Where were the capers? It was served with rolls with a slightly sweet flavor, too rich, which did not mix well. The wine list was nice, though pricy. The noise level was extremely high, but not a surprise from reading others reviews. Would I go back? No. I can say I've been there if I wanted to be an elitist, but I would rather go for the delicious food, not the reputation of the chef's past.Special Features:
- Surprisingly GoodeastcoastvoyagerVIPDined on 8/16/2014After all the poor reviews I was prepares to be disappointed but we had a great time. We were seated in a smaller room with a view of the kitchen so we were not bothered by noise. It was Restaurant Week so the $35 set menu was a deal. The 3 of us all had different courses and we were happy with all of them. Service was a bit ragged but overall OK. The hostess had quiet the attitude but we just laughed. We would definite try it again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding food!DCregularVIPDined on 8/16/2014Ladies and gentlemen, look no further, the food here is as good as it gets. I recommend the shrimp and grits and fried chicken. Fantastic place! Jose did it again, he is the best chef ever.Special Features:
- Not Bad...OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/16/2014This was my first visit to America Eats Tavern. It wasn't bad. The food was plentiful and well prepared. I had a Waldorf salad which was very fresh. I also had the fried chicken with "cole slaw". The slaw was very good but the chicken, while crispy, was clearly deep fried a bit too much for my taste.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful Brunchunseen18VIPDined on 8/16/2014It was a very pleasant surprise to dine at the new America Eats Tavern. The food, service and ambiance were wonderful. We had brunch which was great. The extensive menu offered many choices. We will definitely return to try more dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great first impressiondinerDined on 8/15/2014We were seated immediately on arrival, a very good start. Though it was Restaurant Week, we stuck with the standard menu because our party of 4 wanted to try several different things. America Eats offers one of the most complete Restaurant Week menus, with a good selection of entrees, in contrast to many restaurants who offer a stingy, limited selection which undermines the point of Restaurant Week to draw in first-time customers and entice them to return. The drinks were strong and delicious - I loved my Green Acres w/ vodka, cucumber and grapefruit. Every dish we picked was a winner - oysters, steak tartare, Waldorf salad, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, blackened scallops, braised short ribs - and our server was BOSS. We'll be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Food but a little priceyMikeandLoVIPDined on 8/15/2014We came in because of Restaurant Week but after looking over the menu we decided the regular menu was a better choice. Overall the good was very good. I cannot say it was outstanding and memorable but it was very good and different that more places. We started with the Steak Tartar and it was prepared tableside which was unique but the overall flavor was not exciting. For the entrées, we have the Short Ribs and the Chicken Pot Pie. Both were hefty portions and very tasty. We will be back to try some of the other items but it is not a "must return" to on our list.Special Features:
- Good food and great serviceasdfVIPDined on 8/14/2014We had a table of four for restaurant week, and were seated in the small adjoining room with a handful of tables. The atmosphere was quiet since we were the only ones in that room, and the service was excellent. We chose to eat the restaurant week menu, which was limited in scope but excellent. Looking over the rest of the menu, there were a number of dishes that sounded great. I look forward to going back and trying some of the rest.Special Features:
- Loved it.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 8/14/2014I loved the ambiance and the service. Pillows on my covered bench seat, and drinks from Ball jars. The food was very good as well. l will return.Special Features:
- Outstanding!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/14/2014We decided to try American Eats for our anniversary dinner after hearing great reviews. We couldn't have been happier! Our meals were phenomenal - we were able to take advantage of the restaurant week menu and had the Mac and Cheese, Waldorf Salad, Wings, Mutton and Blackened Scallops - everything was perfection. Service was also outstanding - the manager even came over to kindly wish us a happy anniversary. We will be visiting again!Special Features:
- Great Restaurant!WilliamDined on 8/14/2014We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was outstanding - high quality American food. From oysters to burgers, shrimp and grits to mutton, we were very impressed. The service was excellent. Al was our server and he was as detailed as he was caring. Thank you for a great visit. We will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We really liked it!scjordiVIPDined on 8/13/2014After reading so many so-so reviews, we were very pleasantly surprised. Everything exceeded our expectations.....especially the service. We chose the restaurant week menu and everything was great, the Caesar salad was outstanding, as was the pot pie and blue cheese burger. The chocolate cake and carrot cake were good but nothing special. The cocktails were top drawer. It is a fun and warm atmosphere but the acoustics are bad.....it is really loud. We like the bigger dining room with the open kitchen better than the other vignettes. We will definitely return.Special Features:
- RichardDined on 8/13/2014Wonderful dinner. Great care in presentation (caesar had large pieces of romaine--the classic way) and top-notch ingredients (home grown tomato and thin, great tasting bread for soft-shell sandwich). Chicken pot pie filled with tender ckicken and redolent with rich chicken stock and herbs (thyme). One of the very best pot pies we ever had outside the home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- America Eats TavernGoingOutDined on 8/13/2014Great dinning; food, service, and environment. The dining room was noisySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Expensive comfort foodMissEVIPDined on 8/13/2014Minuscule overpriced cocktails (but tasty). Very loud and hard to hear at table. Waitress could not wait to give us the bill and be rid of us. We didn't want tea/coffee but ordered it just because she seemed intent on scurrying us out.Special Features:
- Nice first experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/12/2014Incredible mac n' cheese (normally hate it!) and excellent steak tartare. Eggs Benedict with pork belly was fantastic as was the Mutton with oysters. Do not miss the fried chicken - moist and crunchy, which is difficult to achieve. The only MAJOR complaint is the wine list - there needs to be many more choices which are affordable. I would return only when the wine list comes in line with the excellent food.
- Food Just OKNovadinerDined on 8/12/2014I expected more from this restaurant but found the food and presentation mediocre. Beet salad was just a pile of greens with a few tiny cut up beets and way too much syrupy dressing. The small slice of salmon had a nice flavor but was just sitting on a few cut up baby cucumbers which were nothing more than just raw cucumbers. Rather odd. It was restaurant week and I thought maybe they could just not handle the crowd, which is no excuse. Staff all quite pleasant.
- America Eating Well.DJDinerVIPDined on 8/12/2014My friend and I decided to give America Eats a try during restaurant week. We hoped Jose Andres new restaurant would live up to his reputation and we were not disappointed. The roomy seating arrangements and open kitchen made for a most welcoming ambiance. And that "twist " on classic American cuisine was artfully and deliciously carried out. We shared the canned salmon - Mac and cheese - lobster roll and chicken pot pie and savored every bite. Would have liked a bit more of that tasty mustard which I assume was house made. The carrot cake and chocolate cake were ordinary. Would have liked to try other desserts. The noise level was rather high but not extremely loud. All in all a most satisfying dining experience. Hope to returnSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food,but needs wok on serviceSatGuyDined on 8/11/2014The food was great as 3 of us tried different tastings from the Restaurant Week menu, from the lamb and oysters to the softshell crab sandwich to the chicken pot pie. The service needs work, but since the restaurant has only been opened for a short time, I can understand they are still learning. Before our appetizers were finished they came with the main courses. We had to rush eating our appetizers to finish. We thoght maybe they were trying to rush us out to seat more people, but that could not have been the case as people left, the tables were not being re-occupied. This was a Monday night. We ordered cocktails, but were in no rush to order dinner as we hate to have the food arrive before we have finished our cocktail.Special Features:
- Uneven food, amateurish service1stdinerDined on 8/10/2014The Washington Post is right - the bread basket is amazing but we had to ask our server to bring it before the food. He really seemed not to know a lot of basic stuff, like people want their bread right away. Service was a little slow but most importantly, the food was mostly disappointing. My eggs "benedick" were virtually tasteless; the hollandaise definitely had no lemon in it and probably no butter and the fried green tomatoes were flavorless. No tartness at all. The chef should spend more time tasting the food and less time making foamy sauces which look interesting but have no flavor. Really hope things improve because the ambience is nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friday date nightAmEatsDined on 8/8/2014American eats is a fun, casual place to dine. We enjoyed our evening there. Food was good, but not great. In part I think is because of the food genre of the tavern. Old American food is interesting but food prep has evolved for a reason; some dishes weren't good enough to stick around. The drinks however, we're fantastic. Interesting and delicious. I'd try it again and maybe do a different assortment of food (we stayed away from the larger entrées, in favor of splitting several smaller dishes. Next time will try the ribs or pot pie or jambalaya). To recap: interesting and fun yes. Food was so so. Service was energetic (almost too energetic). I'll give a positive recommendation based on the overall experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best food everbakermanDined on 8/8/2014I eat all over the dc area. I've had some of the best food around. This, hands down, is, the, best, food, I've had, in a long time, since I ate at a place called minibar. Does anyone know who owns minibar? Oh wait. @joseandres does. I strongly suggest you try any one of his places. This is truly how food should be done.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Would be 5 stars if not so loudladdcVIPDined on 8/8/2014This place was great. Best mac and cheese EVER. However, it was so loud that we couldn't hold a conversation at our table. I think the room echos.Special Features:
- American EatsFoodFanDined on 8/8/2014Good restaurant supporting local farms. Great place to find American basics with a modern, sustainable twist.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingMichellVIPDined on 8/6/2014I had high hopes for this restaurant, having great experiences at both Jaleo and Oyamel, and given the good reviews on OpenTable. America Eats had terrific ambiance, lots of windows and bright light, and the service was great. The food, however, was not. The braised beef short rib had way too much fat and the portion size was extremely small, given the hefty $31 price tag. The chicken pot pie was just okay for $24, and the doneness of the chicken drumstick that rested on top was questionable. I almost forgot: the hush puppies were greasy on the outside and gritty on the inside. It's too bad. I really wanted to like this place!
- So glad it's permanent!JCinDCVIPDined on 8/5/2014Jose Andres did a terrific job turning his pop-up restaurant in Penn Quarter into a permanent establishment in Tyson's. My lunch here was simply marvelous. The gazpacho soup lived up to the WaPo review and the mac n cheese had tons of flavor. The peach cobbler, which was served in a small mason jar, melted in my mouth. The tempo of the service was perfect, and the restaurant has a really nice ambiance. I've already recommended this to my friends and colleagues and plan to return next week for RW.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too NoisyMaggieDined on 8/2/2014My husband and I had dinner at America Eats on a Saturday night. The food was very good. However, the noise level was deafening...think school cafeteria loud. Another problem was the service felt rushed...not the waiter's fault I don't think (very nice and knowledgeable), but maybe the kitchen getting orders out too quickly. Our appetizers arrived before our wine. If the intent is to push people through dinner service and turn tables, it worked. There are too many good alternatives in the DC Metro area. We won't be back.
- A fun placeKathyDined on 8/2/2014American Eats was a good dining experience- food was great and the atmosphere was very nice for a group dining experience. Valet parking was appreciated too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- America Eats Tavern a hitCavladyDined on 8/2/2014Loved the way the restaurant was set up except for the dark tables in the back. The menu is great. We had a hard time deciding what to get. Luckily there were 5 of us and we could sample lots. Would come again so we can try different items. Bacon wrapped hot dog!!!! Service was great.Special Features:
- ACRITIQUEVIPDined on 8/1/2014What a disappointment. j We had eaten at America Eats in DC several times and enjoyed doing so. The food at the one at Tyson's Corner was indifferent at best. The oysters were okay but not great. The chicken with dumpling soup was awful--the dumplings were like rocks and the soup was weird. it did not taste like a chicken soup. The shrimps in the shrimps and grits tasted of iodine indicating a lack of freshness. The corn muffins did not have much of a corn flavor. the pineapple upside down cake was okay. But, I most say that the service was good. The maître d was concerned and in the end our meal was comped. This was a DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE AND THE RESTAURANT IS TO BE COMPLIMENTED. WE WILL TRY IT AGAIN SOMETIME.
- Huge disappointmentMWViennaVIPDined on 8/1/2014We went here because of Jose Andres, but we won't go back. Traditional American food is lousy and just because it is well prepared doesn't make lousy food good. I found it hard to find anything I wanted to eat on the menu, so I settled for a hamburger. The burger itself wasn't bad, but the bread was insipid and there were no condiments. When I asked for condiments they brought me delicious peach ketchup, but the mustard tasted like the nasty sweet stuff you get in any fast food place. The service could have been better too - immediately after asking for water without ice somebody came over and dumped a ton of ice in my glass. And they don't have any draught beer. Do yourself a favor and go to Jaleo or Oyamel, but skip this place.
- Just okayStacylynnDined on 7/31/2014A bit overpriced for the food. The bread basket should be warm but came out cold. The butter and jam was a nice touch. The hush puppies were a bit under seasoned an the house made chips had no salt and were bland. The lobster roll was good but very small.
- Big Taste, Big Pricesout2oftenDined on 7/28/2014The food and attention to detail is very good. Fried oysters and mutton are worth the trip, although the mutton could have been a bit warmer. This ain't your granddad's "mutton." It is rich in flavor, but does not have the "old" taste often associated with mutton. The fried potato cubes served with the lamb, er uh mutton, were cooked to perfection--hot with just enough salt and not a hint of grease. They may have been calorie free. There is also a great wine and drink menu, although I can never understand why every bartender around thinks something sweet needs to get splashed into a good libation; save the lavender and rosewater for toiletries. Expect to leave more dead presidents behind than you may think you should.Special Features: